IT Modernization

Senators Say Modernization Fund Will Get Money When Congress Sees Data, Results

Conference negotiations between the House and Senate will be the last chance to add money to the Technology Modernization Fund without additional legislation.

CIO Briefing

Trump Picks Meteorologist As Top Scientific Adviser

Kelvin Droegemeier would be the first person without a degree in physics to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Emerging Tech

Senators Want to Double Funding for Putting Commercial Drones in the Air

A bipartisan amendment would double 2019 funding for FAA’s efforts to integrate drones into national airspace.

CIO Briefing

Trump Picks Marine Vet To Take Over Veterans Affairs IT

If confirmed, James Gfrerer would step into a difficult job, as IT is at the center of VA’s mandate to modernize.  

IT Modernization

Bill Would Force Agencies to Honor FedRAMP Authorizations

The FedRAMP Reform Act would codify the program, as well as the “authorize once, use many” mantra.

Policy

White House Chides Senate For Not Funding Modernization Fund

The administration says the Senate version of the Financial Services and General Government spending bill is too high but doesn’t cover priorities.

IT Modernization

GSA's Property Database Contract Isn't Really Worth $8 Billion

A typo in the solicitation led people to believe the agency planned to spend $8.2 billion. The agency doesn't even want to spend $8.2 million.

Cybersecurity

IRS Has A Plan to Verify Taxpayers’ IDs. Now It Needs to Do It.

The agency has a plan to improve taxpayer authentication but needs to work out details on funding and execution, according to a government watchdog.

Emerging Tech

These Could Be the Medical Droids NIH is Looking For

The National Institutes of Health want to know if companies can supply autonomous delivery bots to safely and securely deliver medications.

Cybersecurity

White House Appoints Federal Chief Information Security Officer

Grant Schneider will be the second person to fill the position.

Policy

Software Companies Push Senate to Weaken Lowest Price Contracting Rule

Making agencies prioritize the lowest price is leading to poor contracting choices, a software trade group says.

CIO Briefing

Transferring Background Checks, Boosting Cyber Workforce Are Top Goals of Trump Government Reorg

A White House official was short on answers during a Senate hearing but said background checks and cyber workforce are a good place to start.

Data

Here’s What Treasury’s Data Lab Found in 10 Years of Federal Contracting Data

Year after year, 6 to 8 percent of contract spending is obligated in the final week of the fiscal year.

IT Modernization

GSA Official: Next-Gen Telecom Contract Is An Opportunity For Transformation

Agencies should think of the move to the Enterprise Infrastructure Services contract as more than a transition.

Podcasts

Critical Update: Rep. Will Hurd Explains Why Everyone Should Care About Government Tech

For episode 5, Nextgov goes to Capitol Hill to talk with one of the most persistent voices on federal IT management and reform.